Rachel Weisz

  • Aired:  03/14/12
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Rachel Weisz discusses dead playwrights, women's sexual awakening during World War II, and the challenges of adapting "Deep Blue Sea" for the big screen. (6:27)

>>

>> WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT, AWARD-WINNING

ACTRESS WHOSE NEW FILM IS CALLED

"THE DEEP BLUE SEA."

>> WHAT WOULD SHE NEED WITH A

RATION BOOK?

>> THAT'S MINE.

>> I BEG YOUR PARDON?

>> IT'S FOR ME.

>> AND MR. PAGE?

>> IS NOT MY HUSBAND.

BUT I WOULD RATHER YOU CONTINUE

TO THINK OF ME AS MRS. PAGE.

>> ALL RIGHT.

>> Jon: HELLO.

PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO THE

PROGRAM RACHEL WEISZ.

[APPLAUSE]

HOW ARE YOU?

>> I'M WELL, THANKS, HOW ARE

YOU?

>>

>> Jon: THIS FILM, THERE IS

ANOTHER FILM, YOU MAY NOT BE

AWARE OF THIS, CALLED "THE DEEP

BLUE SEA."

>> WITH SHARKS.

>> A GIANT SHARK THAT WAS GIVE

AN BRAIN INJECTION AND EATS L.L.

COOL J.

THIS IS A VERY DIFFERENT FILM.

WHAT IF WE HAD ENTER DEUCED A

GIANT L.L. COOL J. EATING SHARK

INTO THIS FILM?

>> MORE PEOPLE WOULD PROBABLY GO

AND SEE IT?

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: THAT'S NOT TRUE AT

ALL.

THIS IS A WONDERFUL FILM.

HOW DO YOU GET INVOLVED IN THIS,

BECAUSE THIS IS BASED ON PLAY,

YES?

>> YEAH, IT WAS WRITTEN IN THE

'50s, A BRITISH PLAY, WHICH I

NEVER READ, BUT YEAH, IT WAS.

>> Jon: SO YOU HAD NOT BEEN IN

THE PLAY, YOU HAD NOT SEEN THE

PLAY?

>> I HAD NOT READ IT OR SEEN IT,

BUT IT WAS AN OLD BRITISH PLAY?

>> Jon: WAS IT SUCCESSFUL?

>> IT WAS IN THE '50s.

IT'S JUST BECOME FASHIONABLE

AGAIN, THIS PLAYWRIGHT, RATIGAN.

>> Jon: DOES HE HAVE OTHER

STUFF THAT'S ABOUT TO BE

PRODUCED?

THEY'VE DISCOVERED A TREASURE

TROVE OF HIS WORKS?

>> WELL, IT'S THE CENTENARY OF

ITS BIRTH, SO BRITAIN IS HAVING

A BIG RATIGAN FESTIVAL.

>> Jon: SURE.

LISTEN, I...

>> I'M PUTTING YOU OFF HERE,

AREN'T ANY

>> Jon: NO, NO, FOR HIS

80th WE DID A BIG RATIGAN

FESTIVAL.

IT WAS MOSTLY HIS NON-WORLD WAR

II MELODRAMAS.

THIS... HOW DO YOU EVEN BOUNCE

AROUND FROM THESE PROJECTS.

YOU DID THIS AND THE NEXT ONE

WAS THE BOURNE SERIES OR

SOMETHING.

>> "BOURNE LEGACY."

>> Jon: "BOURNE LEGACY."

SO ONE IS THIS VERY

CLAUSTROPHOBIC WORLD WAR II IN

THE MIDDLE OF THE BLITZ, AND

THEN...

>> IT'S A VERY RARERY STORY.

IT'S ABOUT A WOMAN HAVING AN

AFFAIR WITH A MUCH YOUNGER MAN.

SHE LEAVES HER HUSBAND AND IT'S

INCREDIBLY SHOCKING.

I THINK EVEN TODAY IT WOULD BE

QUITE SHOCKING.

IT'S A RACY STORY ABOUT A WOMAN

WHO DISCOVERS SEX AND LOVE AND

PASSION.

I SHOULD TALK ABOUT THAT RATHER

THAN THE CENTENARY OF RATIGAN.

IT'S A LOT MORE INTERESTING.

>> Jon: YOU WERE ON A MUCH

BETTER TRACK TALKING ABOUT

CELEBRATING A DEAD PLAYWRIGHT.

I REALLY THINK...

>> THAT'S GOING TO GET THEM IN.

>> Jon: THAT'S GOING TO GET

THEM IN.

THERE ARE MANY OF THESE...

PEOPLE ALWAYS IN WORLD WAR II, A

LOT OF THESE AWAKENING TYPE

STORIES, YOU ALWAYS HAVE THE,

OH, I'M GOING THROUGH MY

WORK-A-DAY LIFE, AND SUDDENLY

I'M OUT THERE, BABY.

THAT'S WHAT I THINK OF WHEN I

THINK OF WORLD WAR II, FOR THE

MOST PART.

THERE WERE SOME OTHER MINOR

DETAILS.

>> A LOT OF WOMEN HAVING SEXUAL

AWAKENINGS.

>> Jon: IS THIS FOR AN

ACTRESS, THESE TYPES OF FILMS,

YOU KNOW, I WOULD THINK ARE VERY

DIFFICULT BECAUSE TO TRANSLATE

THE STAGE SO DEPENDS ON KIND OF

THE PHYSICAL PROXIMITY OF THE

AUDIENCE AND THE FEEDBACK, FILM

IS SUCH A DIFFERENT MEDIUM THAN

THAT, IS IT DIFFICULT TO CAPTURE

WHAT YOU IMAGINE IS THE SPIRIT

OF THIS THING WITHOUT THE LIVE

ELEMENT?

>> YOU MEAN BECAUSE IT'S BASED

ON A PLAY?

>> OH, NO, IT'S A FILM.

>> Jon: DIDN'T THAT SOUND LIKE

A PRETTY, PRETTY...

>> IT WAS A REALLY SMART

QUESTION.

>> Jon: IT SOUNDED LIKE, OH,

I'VE THOUGHT ABOUT THIS.

>> YOU'RE COMPARING FILM AND

THEATER.

BUT IF YOU SCREW IT UP, YOU GET

TO DO IT AGAIN IF IT'S FILM.

>> Jon: YOU JUST BLEW MY

[BLEEPED] OUT OF THE WATER.

>> SORRY, JON.

>> Jon: LET ME ASK YOU THIS.

DOING TV, RATHER THAN FILM,

YOU'RE MUCH SMALLER WHEN YOU GO

INTO PEOPLE'S HOMES.

>> YEAH.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: WHAT IS THE... DO

PEOPLE SAY... PEOPLE THINK I'M

TALLER.

NOW YOU ARE MY HEIGHT.

PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE WHEN WE

STOOD, YOU WERE THE SAME.

>> I HAVE HEELS ON.

JON JON YOU DON'T THINK I HAVE

HEELS ON?

[LAUGHTER]

DUDE, I HAVE FAKE LEGS ON.

[LAUGHTER]

I'M LIKE DORF ON GOLF.

IF I WAS REALLY STANDING HERE,

YOU WOULD BE LIKE, HELLO, LITTLE

MAN.

BUT PEOPLE ALWAYS THINK I'M MUCH

TALLER, WHICH IS... WHAT DID YOU

DO?

DID YOU DO ANYTHING FOR PORUM.

PEOPLE ASK WHAT I DO.

I WAS LIKE, I HAD A SANDWICH.

DID YOU DO ANYTHING FOR THAT?

>> IT WAS MY BIRTH DATE THE

FIRST NIGHT.

I HAD A FEW PEOPLE OVER FOR

DINNER, ONE OF WHOM WAS A JEW.

>> Jon: IS THAT HOW YOU

INTRODUCED HER.

>> THIS IS MY FRIEND THE JEW.

SHE BROUGHT OVER A HAMMOND'S

EAR.

>> Jon: OR HIS HAT.

ALL I KNOW IS IT'S GOT PRUNES IN

IT OR FIGS OR SOMETHING LIKE

THAT.

>> SO THAT WAS MY BIRTHDAY CAKE.

I STUCK A CANDLE IN THAT.

I HAD A LITTLE PORUM.

>> Jon: SO WOULD THAT BE

CONSIDERED A TRADITIONAL OR

ORTHODOX PORUM.

>> YEAH, LIKE A KIND OF HASIDIC

ALMOST, RIGHT?

>> Jon: I WONDER WHAT A WISH

YOU WOULD MAKE ON THAT?

I WISH MY BACK DIDN'T HURT.

[LAUGHTER]

YOU ARE SO...

>> THAT WAS TOO GOOD.

THAT WAS TOO GOOD.

>> Jon: SO NOT GOOD.

"THE DEEP BLUE SEA" OPENS IN NEW

YORK AND L.A. ON MARCH 23rd.

RACHEL WEISZ, A GIANT MAN-EATING

SHARK AND FOR ALL YOU RATIGAN

HEADS OUT THERE, ENJOY.

RACHEL WEISZ.

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